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Steve Stewart

Girl, 4, had playmate figured out

Paul Stackhouse observed a 4-year-old boy playing with toy cars in a doctor's waiting room. Soon a 4-year-old girl came along, and she started playing with the boy and his cars.

After a couple of minutes, the girl stopped playing and looked the boy right in the eyes.

"What?" the boy asked. "Are you spoiled rotten like I am?" she asked. "Yep!" he said. "I thought so," she said.

The two played on, undeterred by the laughter of adults.

No flower power

Sometimes you have to do things you don't know much about.

Albany and Old Decatur historic areas will open 20 gardens and backyards Sunday afternoon for the annual free walk-about tour from 2 to 5.

Cassandra Moore, one of those heading up the effort for Albany, told Patrice Stewart she's not known for her "flower power."

"My husband thinks it's the funniest thing in the whole world that I'm involved in this, because he's the yard person at our house," said the Athens High School teacher.

Because the event is on Mother's Day, she's bringing along her mom, Georgia Crumbley of Tanner, to help serve refreshments across from the Delano Park rose garden, where violins and saxophones will be heard. Take your mothers for lunch and then a garden tour, she suggests.

Race-day artifacts

Maybe Janie Peel, a woman in Appling, Ga., who collects outhouses for their historical and cultural interest, will be interested in this.

Motorists traveling Interstate 20 during the weekend saw striking evidence of the crowd appeal of the previous Monday's Aaron's 499 race at Talladega Superspeedway.

A field next to the highway contained what must have been hundreds of portable toilets, spaced for the convenience of fans.

Still working for youths

George Royer of Decatur, an Exxon Mobil retiree who will celebrate his 98th birthday in July, is recovering from a broken foot.

He hasn't been able to move around as easily as usual, but his enthusiasm for a favorite cause, the Alabama Sheriffs' Youth Ranch at Punkin Center, has not flagged.

George's volunteer work recently brought another in a long series of $500 matching grants to the ranch from the Exxon Mobil Foundation. That's $1,000 just this year, George notes.

All you can waste?

"Take all you want. Eat all you take," said a sign in a military chow line.

Apparently the same principle applies at a Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet in Des Moines, Iowa. Management told Wendy Dershem, her boyfriend and her two children that "we are not welcome there anymore," according to Wendy.

The problem, said cashier Lin Huyen, is that "they just take one bite and throw it away."

"She's done that too many times," said Dragon House manager Kent Cao, quoted by The Associated Press. "We would welcome her back if she has respect and knows what she wants."

Send stories for You Don't Say to, or call Weekend Editor Steve Stewart at 340-2444. Or write P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, AL 35609.

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